CMS play­ers hit the grid­iron with im­proved pro­tec­tion

The Colonial - - OPINION -

This year, Colo­nial Mid­dle School has al­ready be­gun to make some changes for the bet­ter. The school wants its students to be happy, healthy and safe. One huge step that the school has taken was pro­vid­ing new hel­mets for its football team.

The game of football is a high­risk col­li­sion sport, re­sult­ing in 67,000 di­ag­nosed con­cus­sions in high school football each year. Many play­ers get con­cus­sions with­out no­ti­fy­ing coaches or par­ents and go back onto the fiHOG. 7hLs Ls whHn WhH DOUHDGy se­ri­ous in­jury can be­come trau­matic.

When some­one gets a con­cus­sion, brain cells get stretched or dam­aged, and the brain may un­dergo chem­i­cal changes. These chem­i­cal changes can cause the brain to be­come more sen­si­tive to any stress or in­jury un­til fully re­cov­ered.

Colo­nial Mid­dle School football coaches en­cour­age play­ers WR sWDy RII WhH fiHOG LI WhHy DUH ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any symp­toms of a head in­jury, but play­ers of­ten don’t tell their coaches for the sake of be­ing able to stay in the game. Students can­not be kept from do­ing this; there­fore, all pre­cau­tions should be taken to pre­vent the in­jury from hap­penLnJ Ln WhH fiUsW SODFH.

While one con­cus­sion is not go­ing to cause an eighth-grade child to get de­men­tia, it will in­crease the like­li­hood of that per­son get­ting more head in­juries. Some doc­tors say that, af­ter a con­cus­sion, one is up to three times as likely to get an­other. The more head in­juries that students get here at the mid­dle school, the more they are likely to get in high school, or even in ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties down the road.

The se­vere head hits that are seen, and that play­ers are taken out of the game for, are the ones RuW Ln WhH RSHn fiHOG, whHUH WwR play­ers ram into each other oneon-one. How­ever, the line­men are the ones most prone to head in­juries on the team. Col­lege line­men are es­ti­mated to have more than 1,000 sub-con­cus­sive hits to the head in the av­er­age sea­son. These hits all add up to cause se­ri­ous brain trauma, caus­ing early de­men­tia, in­clud­ing mem­ory loss, con­fu­sion and de­pres­sion. Un­for­tu­nately, not ev­ery one of these hits can be seen, es­pe­cially with 22 playHUs Uun­nLnJ DURunG Rn WhH fiHOG at a time. Not to men­tion the fact that most of them tell their FRDFhHs WhDW “WhHy’UH finH” DnG WhDW WhHy “GLGn’W IHHO D WhLnJ.”

,W Ls vHUy GLI­fiFuOW IRU sFhRROs to mon­i­tor all of the col­li­sions Rn WhH fiHOG, sR CRORnLDO 0LGGOH School felt that it needed an­other, bet­ter type of pro­tec­tion.

Of course, the play­ers had hel­mets that were func­tional, but, be­ing the key piece of safety equip­ment in the sport of football, they need to be main­tained and sus­tained. With in­te­rior pad­ding de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and the out­side of the hel­mets be­com­ing dented and un­sta­ble, new helPHWs wHUH PRsW GHfinLWHOy nHHGed at Colo­nial Mid­dle School.

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